Liverpool have opened talks with Borussia Dortmund over a loan deal for Neven Subotic in the January transfer window as they look to turn around their injury crisis in defence. The Merseyside club have four of their potential first-choice defenders out through injury for their game against Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup.

Klopp had stressed earlier that he would not be going back to Dortmund to poach players but the recent crisis has forced the German to resort to desperate measures as he looks to lead his side out of a mess. The Mirror reports that Jurgen Klopp is personally talking to the Dortmund management to sanction a loan for Subotic.

The German wants an experienced player at the back who is well-versed with his style of play and who can fit into the league straightaway, with the Reds looking to fight for a top four spot. Subotic has made only four appearances this season for Dortmund and will be afforded more game time at Anfield, making this enticing for the Serbian.

The Reds have already brought back Tiago Ilori on loan from Aston Villa and the defender is expected to start against Exeter City in a line-up likely to see a lot of changes. Klopp has revealed that he will give opportunities to players who have been in the sidelines for an extended period in a bid to prove their worth for the busy period coming up.

The Reds have an extremely thin squad of players to choose from at the moment, with 13 people out through injury. Sam Allardyce has blamed Klopp for his side's injury problems and is likely to investigate his training methods to get to the root of the problem.